Largest prize ever for a horse race soon to take place in 2020

| January 30, 2020
The 2020 Saudi Cup
The USD$20M Saudi Cup assumes the mantle of the world’s richest horse race.

There are some incredible horse races around the world, with some amazing prize pots. However, the Saudi Cup is going to be the richest horse race in the history of the sport after the money for the prize positions was confirmed to be $20 million for the new event, which is set to occur in Riyadh and takes place next month. 

This is quite simply an incredible prize pot when you consider some of the other prizes for famous races around the world. The Dubai World Cup meeting is one of the most famous, which takes part on the last Saturday in March at Meydan Racecourse. 

The big race at this meeting was the richest race in the world until 2017. However, the prize pot was only half of what is on offer at the Saudi Cup. The Pegasus World Cup, which takes place in Florida at Gulfstream Park, took over as the richest race, with a total purse of $12 million, which then increased further. However, for 2020, there is a new player in town, and this is the exciting Saudi Cup. So, let’s take a look at the world’s richest horse race in further detail.

Information about the Saudi Cup

We are sure you are excited to find out more about this incredible event! It takes place next month at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack, on February 29th. The race itself will have a maximum field of 14 starters and it will be run over a distance of nine furlongs on the dirt track. There will then be numerous undercard races, with three of those races taking place on the new turf track. 

This is the same distance as the Pegasus World Cup, and we have certainly seen some exciting winners of this race over the years since it started. In 2017, it was run by Arrogate, making history as the first ever winner of the race, with famous trainer Bob baffert of Juddmonte Farms taking home the huge winnings. Gun Runner then took home the crown in 2018, with a $16,0000 purse on offer that day. 

In 2019, the purse reduced significantly to accommodate another race. But there is no need to worry about the dwindling purse for that race, as the Saudi Cup has stepped up and offered a much superior prize fund. Needless to say, though, Arrogate and Gun Runner are two of the world’s most recognised horses, and so it is certainly exciting to see who is going to make a name for themselves and cement their place in history at the Saudi Cup.

It is also worth noting that the winner of the Pegasus World Cup is going to be invited to run at the Saudi Cup, even if they have not previously entered. Also, horses from Saudi Arabia will have an opportunity to secure a place in the line-up. They can do this by winning a race that is set to be run on the 7th of February. It will certainly be exciting to see who wins this qualifier and whether they do it in good fashion!

What Other Races Can We Expect To See On The Card?

Of course, the main race is going to be the biggest draw. However, there are a number of other exciting races on the card, all of which have valuable prize pools. So, let’s take a look at them. Firstly, there is The Obaiya Arabian Classic, for purebred Arabians, which is 1m 2f and will be run on the dirt track. 

The prize for this race is $1,900,000. In addition to this, there are a number of handicaps, which includes a 1m 7 furlong race run on the turf, as well as a 1m 1 furlong race to be run on the dirt. The 6f dirt sprint, The Riyadh Dirt Sprint, is assured to be one of the highlights on the card as well. The total value of this race is $1,500,000. With so many races on offer, it is guaranteed to be an exciting day of racing! 

Are you excited for the world’s richest horse race? We certainly cannot wait to see the action unfold at the end of February. This is going to be an opportunity to see some of the best horses in the world battle it out for the biggest-ever prize. 

Will one of the world’s established trainers take home the prize? Or, will we see an underdog become on of the biggest names in horses? 

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